Intended Audience: All Engineers
Credits: 2 PDH Units
When: Wednesday 11/1, 2 – 4 pm
Join us as we lay bare the lessons learned from the bridge failure ethical issues that arose from one of the most significant engineering failures in history: the 1940 collapse of the giant Tacoma Narrows Bridge. While there was, fortunately, no loss of human life and minimal property damage (other than the structure itself) the bridge collapse happened less than a year after it was built, bringing to light serious bridge failure ethical issues for engineers. So what lessons can we learn from this engineering failure? In particular,
- At what point is the profession’s theoretical and experiential knowledge insufficient to justify moving forward with a project or design scheme?
- Is there a practical way to supplement a lack of experiential knowledge in order to safely and effectively move an engineering project forward?
In this webinar, we'll explore the vital insights the engineering profession gained in terms of the importance of aerodynamics in bridge design as a result of the ethical dilemmas the designers of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge faced.
Date: Wednesday. November 1st. 2 - 4 pm ET Credits: 2 PDH UnitsThis webinar is designed specifically for engineers, architects, and other design and construction professionals who are interested in learning about the ethical issues that were raised and the lessons engineers learned from this major engineering catastrophe.
Learning ObjectivesAt the successful conclusion of this webinar, you’ll be able to identify and discuss:
- The history of the project and the economic, commercial and national security issues that shaped its development
- Two unique engineering design approaches recommended by different teams
- Ominous oscillations observed both prior to and after bridge construction
- Previously unobserved mode of oscillation that occurred on the day the bridge collapsed
- Real-life photos and live coverage at the time of bridge failure
- The ins and outs of the technical investigation that followed the collapse
- How the vortex-shedding/resonance theory and aerodynamic flutter theory apply to the engineering incident
- Tacoma Narrows bridge failure ethical issues and lessons learned
- The current tool used by engineers to address and mitigate the bridge failure ethical issues that arose after the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse